HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat for Humanity’s Aurora Place development in St. Albert completed.

Habitat for Humanity’s Aurora Place development in St. Albert completed.

St. Albert, AB – Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers completed the Aurora Place development by presenting keys to 10 well-deserving families. The project was completed two years after construction commenced at 70 Arlington Drive. There are now 30 new homeowners in Aurora Place who are building equity and preparing a bright future for their children.

“We are so pleased that all 30 families will now be rooted here in St. Albert,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Children can attend St. Albert schools, parents can become more involved in their community, and the family unit can thrive. It’s very rewarding for our organization to be part of something so special.”

It takes many supporters to make Habitat builds a reality. Habitat is blessed to have the strong support of the Government of Alberta, who was a partner in the Aurora Place development.

“We thank Habitat for Humanity and its project partners for their commitment to affordable housing and the families of Aurora Place,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths. “Our government is proud to have supported Habitat for Humanity on this project that will benefit and strengthen the community of St. Albert for many years to come.”

The City of St. Albert has been a stalwart supporter of making the Habitat program available to its citizens. The City was instrumental in helping Habitat enlist the land for the 30 families. The addition of the final 10 families means a total of 35 St. Albert families served by the Habitat program.

“Supporting the development of a range of affordable housing options for our community is a Council priority,” says St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse. “Habitat for Humanity provides an opportunity for local residents to experience the strength and stability of home ownership, and to build and enhance the quality of life for their family.”

Habitat families purchase their home at market value and pay an interest-free mortgage with payments that never exceed 25 percent of their income. Habitat uses the families’ mortgage payments to build more homes to serve a greater number of families. This is what makes the Habitat program sustainable. Habitat partner families also contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” on Habitat build sites as the down payment for their home.

Major supporters of the 10 homes are the Government of Alberta, City of St. Albert, Gordon Food Service, Lloyd Sadd, 4-Way Equipment Rental, Go Auto and A & A Trenching.